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By replacing a Rockies legend, Todd Helton is boldly going where no man has gone beforemainly because there had never been a Rockies legend to replace until first baseman Andres Galarraga went to Atlanta this off-season. Helton, 24 years old and rookie green, must step into the Big Cat's shoes. It's a good bet that he will hit, but in order to win the full acceptance of his teammates, Helton has to emulate Galarraga's remarkable defensive play as well. If Helton makes more than 16 errors, he'll lose the confidence of his pitchers. But if he handles his bat and his glove, the Rockies may have another legend in the making.
What They Needed: Pitching of every kind. A good second baseman. Infield depth.
What They Got: Houston ace Darryl Kile, Expos second baseman Mike Lansing and long relievers Chuck McElroy and Dave Veres.
What it All Means: Kile's no Greg Maddux, but he is one of the NL's top 10 pitchers, and they'll also have Pedro Astacio for a full season, so pitching has improved dramatically. Lansing solidifies the middle, and rookie first baseman Todd Helton should step in ably for the departed Andres Galarraga. And even if he doesn't, Colorado isn't exactly starving at the plate. If the pitching holds up, this will be a very dangerous club.
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